Eagles Poised To Lose Personnel Exec
Dir. Of Player Personnel Expected To Join Bears Front Office
The Eagles are poised to lose one of their top personnel executives to another NFC team.
Ian Cunningham, the team’s director of player personnel, is expected to be targeted by new Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles for a high-ranking position in the Bears front office, NFL sources told Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan.
Cunningham, who joined the Eagles in 2017 as director of college scouting, was elevated last offseason to his current post. Sources expect Cunningham to serve as an assistant general manager to Poles, or a role with a similar title.
Cunningham and Poles, a former Kansas City Chiefs executive, haven’t worked together but are said to be very close, sources said. Cunningham played college football at Virginia, where he was an offensive lineman. He signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Poles played collegiately at Boston College and rose through the ranks with the Chiefs, where he started in 2009 as a player personnel assistant.
Cunningham is one of several Eagles front office executives to receive attention this offseason. Brandon Brown, director of player personnel, and Catherine Raiche, vice president of football operations, each interviewed for the general manager vacancy for the Vikings, who recently filled the job with former Browns executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
Cunningham and Brown have worked together on pro scouting, so his departure might not necessarily leave a void. Cunningham also oversees the college scouting department but the Eagles also have a senior director of college scouting, Anthony Patch, who has been with the organization for nearly 20 years.
Sources believe Cunningham is the strongest candidate to join Poles in Chicago, with one source estimating a “90 to 95 percent chance” of Cunningham leaving for the Bears.
Cunningham drew job interest last year, interviewing for an assistant general manager job for the Carolina Panthers under general manager Scott Fitterer. The Panthers’ director of player personnel, Patrick Stewart, left the Eagles to take that job.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) May 3, 2021
Cunningham came to the Eagles as director of college scouting after spending nine years in the Baltimore Ravens’ scouting chain. At the time, the Eagles’ personnel staff was headed by Joe Douglas, who had also cut his teeth under general manager Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore, and brought several Ravens executives to the Eagles, including Andy Weidl, who replaced Douglas as vice president of player personnel after the Jets hired Douglas in 2019 to become their general manager.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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